Number One bestseller John Grisham returns with his most suspenseful thriller yet.
Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered.
Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five.
His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies - Judge Fawcett and his young secretary.
I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why.
I am a lawyer, and I am in prison.
It's a long story.
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"Grisham is brilliantly comic in a novel that is full of zest and brimming with memorable characters and rich storylines." (The Sunday Times)
"Superbly plotted legal thriller." (Sunday Express)
"The best thriller writer alive" (Ken Follett, Evening Standard)
I could not reach a unanimous decision on this book.
The Racketeer kept me engaged throughout, yet as I listened I found myself waiting for drama that did not eventuate. Not that there wasn't drama in this book, it just wasn't as dramatic as I expected. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but found the surprise ending a bit unrewarding.
J.D. Jackson was excellent, keeping the characters nicely separated within a predominantly first-person narrative.
Yes, a great story, so many twists and turns that you wouldn't expect. Easy to follow and a great thriller
The unexpected story line held you captivated right to the end
Jackson was easy to listen to, believable, his voice fitting the Characters and the pace of the book.
It was all good
Well written, kept you interested and captivated to the very end. My only regret was that the book finished. Loved it!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I haven't listened to a John Grisham for a while so had forgotten what a good storyteller he is. It had enough twists and turns to keep it really interesting . Definitely recommend.
This is not actually a 'legal thriller', more like "one man against the system". Our Hero tells the story of he schemed to get out of jail and this plot line climaxes about halfway though the book, so you know that there will be more twists in the tale. Without spoiling things too much, the second half of the book sees the tables turned as Our Hero goes on the offensive to try to get some satisfaction.
I enjoyed the pacing, which made me want to listen just a little bit longer to see where the cunning plan was going. The narrator was good and I can recommend this as something in the genre that is also a little bit different.
Fine story and nice surprises. The twists are not entirely predictable yet there is a level of detail in the narrative, which leaves very few options for the final revelation. Massively entertaining; a perfect summer holiday listen.
I just listened to two other John Grisham books, The Firm and Sycamore Row, which I loved. However, The Racketeer is simply an ordinary story with juvenile dialog. There is no suspense and very little seems to happen. I didn't care what was going to happen and couldn't even finish it.
Very enjoyable story with Grishams own way of delving into the ironies of the law.
No boring bits in this one.
Loved this book, entertaining to the end.
I enjoyed the listen but the pace of events was a little slow at times and this detracted from the enjoyment.
An interesting twist of events in the story that I hadn't seen coming from afar and the reading was very well done. I will need to check out other Grisham books before I know whether this pace is typical.
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You'll love it. Lots's of twists, turns and a fabulous storyline I was enthralled from start to finish.
"Another great read from Grisham"
This deviates from the usual lawyer story and is all the better for it. J.D. Jackson performs superbly and really added to the enjoyment of this highly unpredictable story. I was gripped from the start and just when the plot seems to be winding down, off it goes again catching you up in a whole new story-line. Whether you are a Grisham fan or not I would highly recommend you try the Racketeer!
I had no real issue with J.D.Jackson..thought he did the best job he could have really
I have been a Grisham fan for a long time, but this is one of those occasions when you feel he is putting something out just to satisfy publisher and fans. The story starts well enough, but it becomes really far fetched and lacking in his usual dialogue. Not one I would recommend and instantly forgettable. No matter how much this author has entertained me in the past, it feels like a bad copy of something that's good.
"Best one in a while"
This was the best John Grisham that I have listened to in a while. Its always good when your favourite charecters come out on top! Good narrator - which always makes an audio book better than a book.
So many twist and turns in the story it kept you guessing right to the end.
I can't think of a particular moment, to me everything about the book was memorable.
He bought the characters to life with his narration.
Yes I would
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, a riveting read John Grisham at his best I think!
"Good Read JUST"
I was perhaps wishing this to be better that it was. This was my first purchase and this may be reflects my judgement. The storyline was fine and easy to listen to. The audio quality and the reader was very good. I feel that I expected too much from an audio download. The overall score if I had to would be 7.5 from 10.
I have NOT listened to but have read John Grisham and knew his work. This rated highly among those I have read.
The tone and reflection was very good.
too good! too little! too late!
I will buy more..........................
I couldn't fault the narrator but the content left me cold. I've read and/or listened to Grisham for years, probably nearly everything he has written but I had to give up on this after about 3 hours. I was bored. I didn't engage with any of the characters and didn't care about them. It was so slow I lost interest in the events being depicted and I wonder if Grisham wrote it? The only other Grisham I've failed to complete was the painted house and would say this is as poor as that.
The Best Exotic Mango Hotel
Yes - slow!
Disappointment - not up to Grisham's usual standard
A very well written story with all sorts of twists and turns. There were times that I knew what was going to happen next but the move after that was totally unexpected. An excellent read and an excellent narrator. Its a huge pity that the other books read by JD Jackson aren't to my taste - he has such a sexy voice
"Great summer listening"
Long convoluted twisting story that beautifully resolves itself.
The police laughing
Nathan's annoying voice suited the character perfectly.
Not possible to listen to in one sitting.
I don't know how many times i shouted "Why is he doing this?"
I thought this was an excellent story well told. I loved the cat and mouse twists and turns. The narration was excellent as usual. I have yet to be disappointed with a Grisham novel.
I enjoyed this book although wish I had listened to an abridged version, I think it would've been better moving a bit 'faster'. The story line is good with a good twist it just took to long to get there.
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